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Event Review: Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019

Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany

Event: Nov 06, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019 Location: Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden, Germany

Prior to BIO-Europe, 19 representatives of biotechnology companies and clusters from Japan followed the invitation by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) and HEALTH MADE IN GERMANY – kindly supported by the Japan Bioindustry Association – to learn more about the German biotechnology industry. A special focus was placed on biotech clusters in Eastern Germany.

From November 6-9, the program of the "Pre-BIO-Europe Tour" included technical briefings, visits of clusters, research institutions and local companies, as well as various networking events.

On Wednesday evening, a briefing on medical biotechnology in Germany at GTAI's Berlin office marked the start of the tour. At the subsequent dinner, Christian Hirte, the Federal Government Commissioner for the New German States, officially welcomed the delegation.

Thursday (November 7) started with a meeting with Gabriele Katzmarek, member of the German Bundestag. This was followed by a networking lunch at the Japanese Embassy with guests from business, industry associations and clusters from Germany and Japan. In the afternoon, a visit to the BiotechPark Berlin-Buch took place, where the exchange with local companies and research institutions was also the focus of attention, and the Leibniz Research Institute for Molecular Pharmacology was visited. In the evening, the BioCon Valley cluster introduced the Japanese participants to the life sciences industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

On Friday, the delegation visited the Weinberg Campus in Halle (Saale) – including a guided tour of the campus and the company Icon Genetics as well as B2B talks. In Leipzig, the participants were welcomed by Uwe Albrecht, the city's Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs and Labor, and visited the Fraunhofer IZI before the day ended with a German-Japanese networking event.

At the tour's final stop, Dresden, the delegation was also able to make direct contact with Saxon companies. In addition, the group visited the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics before a guided tour through the historic old town concluded the tour.

On Sunday, the majority of the delegation travelled on to Hamburg for the BIO Europe conference. There, the joint booth of GTAI and HEALTH MADE IN GERMANY formed a central point of contact for the delegation.

Our Partners

GTAI and its partners | © JBA, HealthCapital Berlin-Brandenburg, Invest in MV, IMG Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony Economic Development Corporation, Weinberg Campus, BIO CITY LEIPZIG, City of Leipzig, biosaxony bild-partner-pre-bio-europe | © GTAI

Agenda

Wednesday,
NOV 6

BERLIN

  • Welcome & briefing on the German biotechnology market
  • Get-together dinner with a welcome by Christian Hirte,
    Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States

Thursday,

NOV 7

BERLIN

  • Welcome by Gabriele Katzmarek, Member of the German Bundestag, and visit of the dome of the Reichstag
  • German-Japanese Networking Lunch
  • Visit of Berlin-Buch Biotech Park

    - Welcome and introduction to Campus Berlin-Buch
    - Company pitches and networking
    - Campus tour & visit of the Screening Unit (Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie)

  • Evening event "Biotechnology in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern"

Friday,
NOV 8

HALLE

  • Visit of Weinberg Campus Technology Park, Halle (Saale)

    - Welcome and introductory presentations
    - Campus tour and company visit at Icon Genetics GmbH
    - Business-Lunch/Networking

LEIPZIG

  • Visit of Leipzig City Hall and welcome by Uwe Albrecht, Leipzig's Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs and Labor
  • Visit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI
  • Get-together

Saturday,

NOV 9

DRESDEN

  • Welcome, company pitches and networking
  • Visit and guided tour of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Walking tour of Dresden’s historic city center

Sunday,

NOV 10

DRESDEN

Individual transfer to Hamburg

Picture Gallery

Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden Briefing on the German biotechnology market. | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden Christian Hirte, Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States, welcomes the guests from Japan. | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden The delegation and Gabriele Katzmarek at the German Bundestag. | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden Networking at Campus Berlin-Buch. | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden The delegation visits the Screening Unit at the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (Campus Berlin-Buch). | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden Evening event "Biotechnology in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern". | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden On Friday the delegation visited the Weinberg Campus Technology Park in Halle (Saale). | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden The company Icon Genetics, which is specialized in developing and using expression systems for production of recombinant proteins in green plants, is also located at the Weinberg Campus. | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden With the help of a 3D model, Dr. Randy Kurz gives the guests an overview of the inner city of Leipzig | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden Uwe Albrecht, Leipzig's Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs and Labor, and Yoshiaki Tsukamoto, Executive Director, Japan Bioindustry Association. | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrike Köhl, executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI, welcomes the delegation. | © GTAI
Pre-BIO-Europe Tour 2019, Biotechnology Innovation Clusters in Germany, Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden In Dresden, pitches of local companies were followed by a networking session. | © GTAI

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